How I Lost Over 100 Pounds With Weight Watchers (Interview)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I was very depressed for a long time. My health was failing. I have chronic kidney disease and was at the height of my sickness. Everything was being affected. My job, my finances, and my relationships. It was a very dark time for me. I turned to food for comfort.
I finally turned the corner health-wise and found a doctor who was able to help me with my kidneys. Resigned from my employment of 12 years and decided it was finally time to actually take care of myself.
I decided to join Weight Watchers in March of 2018. Those first few months, after actually working within the plan and seeing real results on the scale was a huge motivation to keep going.
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I created an Instagram account to find like-minded people for inspiration. Once I started posting my meals, struggles, grocery hauls, etc, the feedback and support from the weight-loss community became a huge motivator!
Small things at first became a really big deal. Being able to bend over and tie my shoes. Being able to paint my own toenails and being able to walk into a restaurant and fit in a booth! All of those milestones helped keep me motivated!
What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
When I first began my journey, my main source of exercise was walking. In the beginning, I could only walk to the stop sign at the end of my street. Slowly I began to be able to walk around the entire neighborhood. Then eventually I was able to walk a few miles at a time. Even completing my first ever 5K!! Walking was my go-to for the first year and a half.
I joined Planet Fitness a year ago. I met with the trainer who helped me come up with a specific workout plan. I work out 3 days a week, every other day. I do 15 mins of cardio on the elliptical at the beginning to warm up.
I do 3 sets of 10 reps for the following exercises Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:
I just had foot surgery recently and can’t work out until January and I never thought I’d say this, but I can’t wait to go back!
What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
I follow the Weight Watchers Program. That means I get a specific amount of “points” to spend on food throughout the day. I’m on the Blue program which means my fruits, veggies and lean proteins are all 0ptions. This allows me to use my points on things like starches, carbs, etc.
On a typical day, I try to have fruit, protein, and a carb for breakfast. I like to make sure I have a veggie with both lunch and dinner. I’m able to snack throughout the day on fruits and lean proteins to help keep me fuller longer.
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When I began with Weight Watchers I got 42 points per day to use on foods. As I’ve lost weight my points have gone down. I now get allocated 32 points per day. Learning how to make healthier versions of my favorite foods has been one of my favorite things to do.
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How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?
Honestly, the support from the weight-loss community on Instagram is really what helps keep me going.
I wouldn’t say I’ve ever given up per se. I feel like even if I’ve had a bad meal, a bad day, a bad month….that I can always start fresh with my very next meal. I feel like accepting the fact that food is not a punishment or a rewards system has gone a long way toward my mental progress regarding weight loss. I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to try!
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
Since I’m on the Weight Watchers program, I use the Weight Watchers app. It’s the handiest tool in my weight loss journey. The app has a scanner that I can use to scan barcodes at the grocery store to see how many points something will be. It also has a daily tracker where I’m able to keep up with my points.
There is also a restaurant guide that has tons of popular restaurants with their point information which makes dining out so much easier to do.
When did you start to notice progress?
I feel like other people noticed my weight loss long before I was able to see it in myself. Once I had lost the first 25-30lbs I had people commenting that they could see it in my face. My double/triple chin has always been something I’ve been self-conscious of. Seeing it slowly shrink over time has been very rewarding!
One of my big “woah” moments was recently when I ordered new blue jeans. When I began my weight loss journey, my jeans were a size 30 with an elastic waist. My new jeans are a size 16 and have a button and zipper waist. That was a big moment for me. Actually seeing those jeans side by side and realizing I’d gone down that many sizes.
Do you have any fitness “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
It’s so cliche to say this but water…..that’s my big secret! I wanted all of those people who always preached to drink your water to be wrong but alas, they are right! Water has become my BFF (it’s also good for my kidney problems).
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
- Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. Your journey is unique to you. Own it & be proud of it.
- It’s not a race. It’s ok to go at your own pace even if that pace is that of a turtle!
- Be kind to yourself. Talk to yourself the way you talk to others.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today ~ Chrissy Metz
The WW Bro Podcast ~ Anthony (host of the podcast) is honest and so relatable! He is also super funny!
Where can we find more about you?
Instagram Profile Link: instagram.com/balancedbrandi
Facebook Profile Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2011047142495377/
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